From shuttle runs with your buddy's truck to zipping on a number plate, Kona's carbon Operator ushers in a fast era of downhilling with simple, plush suspension. This bike soaks up the biggest hits and rips with tons of maneuverability for the ideal combo of speed and handling. The RockShox Boxxer and Kage shock both sport 200mm of travel, plus external rebound and compression adjustments to set to your specifications and/or course and terrain needs. No matter what you're charging down, SRAM's powerful Guide R brakes give you smooth stopping power, while the 27.5-inch Sun Ringle wheels with Maxxis Minion DHF tires bite hard into lines for pinned cornering. Crank duty is handled by RaceFace, spinning SRAM gears spec'd for DH. Other shred-ready gear includes a RaceFace handlebar bar, direct mount stem, and seatpost, and an MRP chainguide. It doesn't get much better... or faster.
Session 9.9 is the pinnacle of downhill mountain bike performance. It's built for one reason: going as fast as freakin' possible down hills. It pairs proven Shimano Saint parts with Trek's premium OCLV Mountain Carbon frame and FOX Factory suspension with super-fast 29-inch wheels. This is the same DH bike the pros ride, and the bike of choice for World Champion Gee Atherton. It's right for you if... You want the fastest downhill bike Trek offers. You want the speed of 29-inch wheels and the stability of a full-on DH frame. You seek out the fastest lines, and the biggest jumps. You like to dial in your ride, and want the ability to fine-tune your suspension, fit, and handling on a bike that makes no compromises. The tech you get An OCLV Mountain Carbon frame, 190mm tunable front and rear FOX Factory air suspension, Bontrager Line DH wheels, and proven Shimano Saint drivetrain and brakes. This is a full-on DH race bike, and it's built so you can refine your setup for your fastest runs with Mino Link and an adjustable fixed-angle headset. The final word Best frame, best suspension, best parts, and fast-rolling 29-inch wheels. This is the only choice if you're a true DH devotee. Session 9.9 is simply the fastest bike on the mountain, even when that mountain is a stop on the World Cup circuit. Why you'll love it 1 - It's like a precision wrecking ball that gives you the confidence to tear down mountains and take the fastest, burliest lines 2 - The fastest runs demand the most dialed setup: the air shock and fork on Session 9.9 are adjustable and easy to fine-tune for different tracks 3 - Mino Link and fixed-angle headset cups let you adjust your geometry for the exact handling you want
Hitting rock bottom has never been this fun. Your race to the base of the mountain is going to get significantly faster on Kona’s Operator DL. Go big with the confidence you get from 200mm of front and rear travel, courtesy of a RockShox Super Deluxe out back and legendary BoXXer up front. You’ll maintain all the maneuverability you need while adding the rollover capability that comes from 27.5-inch wheels, so you can steamroll techy sections that would otherwise rob you of momentum. Mavic rims bring a long tradition of strength and innovation to the notorious, wheel-destroying DH scene, keeping your Maxxis Minion DHFs rolling true and digging hard to rail corners with predictable stability and enhanced bite. Crank ‘er up with SRAM's Descendant crankset, MRP chain guide, and SRAM GX 7-speed DH drivetrain, a purpose-built hybrid setup to get you straight to the bottom as fast as possible with precision and reliability. And, to keep you on course, SRAM Code R brakes provide the raw power to keep things under control so you’ll never second-guess the hard line. Operator DL will get you as far as equipment can, the courage and stamina is up to you.
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